A house fire is surely one of the most stressful events that anyone can ever experience. Whether it’s a tiny kitchen fire or a larger event, seeing your place in flames is extremely distressing. Once you know that everyone is safe and that the firefighters have extinguished the blaze successfully, the stress levels will likely taper off slightly – but there is still a new, overwhelming job ahead of you, and that’s getting your life back to normal.
Navigating that journey back to normal can be extremely tough on your family relationships. All of a sudden, plans and routines are disrupted, with a whole bunch of new expenses that will have to be dealt with. Every member of the family will have to work through their own complex set of varied emotions associated with the house fire. Children can often experience nightmares and insomnia, and in some instances, might be fear, anger or some blame associated with the cause of the house fire.
Knowing this, you can take a series of steps in order to help your relationship to stay strong throughout the entire recovery process. At California State Restoration, we have experienced these emotions with our clients, so here are some suggestions about how to cope during these difficult and confusing times.
Always Keep the Communication Channels Open: Everyone handles stress differently. Some people will want to talk to talk it out, while others will prefer to process the experience in silence. Let your family members know that you’re open to hearing about their feelings throughout the entire recovery process – but do not push them to talk if they are not ready.
Recruit a Support Team: You are going to be bombarded by people asking you about how they can help. In that moment, it can be difficult to think of anything, but in the days and weeks to come, don’t ever be afraid to reach out to those who have previously offered to help you. Something as simple as watching your children for an afternoon or picking up your dry cleaning for you can alleviate your stress; and the less stressed you are, the easier it is to get along with your family.
Work with a Company that Will Keep You Informed: The disaster recovery process will normally take some time. For that reason, you will want to work with someone who will keep you informed through the entire process about what’s going on; what is the best way to handle your homeowner’s insurance claim, and how can we help your family to cope through the process. Having someone there who will answer your calls or emails makes all the difference—a role we are proud to play at California State Restoration.
Serving Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties with 24/7 Emergency Services, California State Restoration Services in Santa Rosa, CA performs every aspect of disaster restoration. For all your water, fire, storm, and mold damage needs, as well as for sewage and biohazard cleanups, California State Restoration Services is a one-stop company that is known for quality work and a professional approach to everything we do. We have grown because we make customer service a #1 priority and are always looking for solutions that are viable and affordable.
Sources: Forbes and AAA
California State Restoration did water restoration work and remodeling for me. They were very professional, very knowledgeable, and it was a great experience over all.